I mentioned that I probably only hit 50 balls or so while I was in So-Cal last week. In fact, I haven’t played an 18 hole round of golf yet this year, and I likely only played a couple of rounds all of last year.
It’s not like I don’t enjoy hitting balls, and it’s not like I can’t do it – I just enjoy watching others swing now, especially when they’re swinging with the MCS model, and showing me what they can do with a mechanically-sound golf swing.
I’ve just realized that, for what it is that I do, I won’t swing any better than I do now, without a good deal of daily work – there is a difference between hitting a ball solidly and on line, and playing competitive golf, as many range stars find out when they tee it up.
You can stand on the driving range and hit balls all day, but you will not hit every ball perfectly, especially on the golf course – so what about the rest of the game, when you get out of position on the course?
I used to enjoy playing golf when I was working on my swing theory, because of course, that was my main focus – to figure out the golf swing model that allowed me to retain my power (I could drive the ball 300 yards the very first year I took lessons, and it was another 8 years before I would take up the swing research), but also know where my ball is going.
Now, I don’t see the point – I can hit balls on the range all day long, but to play decent golf, you have to work on the rest of the game as well, and I don’t have the time right now to do so.
So, I’ve reached the point where hitting a ball is like shooting a free throw – I’m not going to lose the plot simply because I haven’t done it in a while.
In fact, it’s a bit annoying to think that with a mechanically-correct golf swing, especially an athletically-optimal swing, one can take a month off swinging and (other than the conditioning factor), you won’t be hitting it much worse than if you were doing it every day.
Talking Golf With A Young Phenom
On the Saturday two weeks ago, when we got to the driving range, I watched Blake hit a few warm-up wedges, and then he cheekily gestured to his golf bag.
“I wanna see you hit a few,” he said with a smirk, and I groaned.
“Dude, I just spent five hours on a plane, and you want me to swing?” I joked.
But I had no worries. I grabbed his 8 iron and the first couple of swings were nothing to write home about.
I striped a few good ones, and after a few 8 irons, I grabbed his driver and took a few rips with it, sending the balls to the back mesh fence over 300 yards away.
When I looked up, Blake was giving me that “not bad” grimace and nodding his head.
“That good enough for ya?”
“Oh yeah!” he said.
“OK then, back to work…” and we got down to his swing – but I knew why he wanted me to hit the balls…
For the same reason I would have – if I’m going to consult with someone on how to do something, anything – I’d want to see how they do it before they start telling me what to do.
I don’t know many swing guys who can hit it as far as the people they work with, but I would imagine that if you take judo lessons from a guy, you’d kind of expect him to be able to perform a few cool moves, regardless of age or practice schedule.
Hitting A Couple At Torrey Pines Range
I played exactly 3 holes during my trip – 2 holes and 2 pars on the Rancho California course while working with Blake on his playing swing (and I did outdrive the young gun on the one hole we went head-to-head… sorry B, I’m riding that one for a while), and the 18th hole (bogey) at Torrey Pines South.
The thing for me is, unless I were to decide to play competitive golf (and that isn’t happening), my swing is basically as good as it’s going to be without a lot of intensive training to make it nearly perfect and repeatable on every swing – there are no mulligans in tournament golf, and that raises the stakes right on the 1st tee, as we all know.
But the good news is – I love what I’m doing right now, more than I enjoyed hitting balls in my solitary corner for years and years, working on the swing theory.
Now, it’s a matter of getting what I’ve learned into the brains of high level players, and seeing the amazing things they do with a swing that they trust and that repeats and that (most importantly) is mechanically sound and will not cause or aggravate injuries just from swinging a golf club.
I have a golf date with Sheldon at Thornhill Golf & CC tomorrow, and I will have a blast – it’s easy to enjoy oneself playing golf when it’s not life and death, and of course, I’m sure Sheldon and I will spend more time discussing the swing and mechanics than caring about the score we shoot – he, because he plays quite often, and me because playing golf is not my job.
DJ – Today @ The Range
I knew it today, when I hit my first balls since returning from Murrietta – and by halfway through, I was thinking, “Just finish this bucket and get outta here…”
I have figured out after 11 years what I enjoy most, and that’s showing others what I have learned in 11 years of swing research (and counting, I suppose…).
I thinks that’s a win-win.
Want to learn more about the MCS Golf Swing Theory? Try one of DJ’s “Secrets of the MCS”video shorts available via download.
Or you can download the very latest MCS Golf Swing video “MCS – Perfect Pivot“ based on the flawless pivot action of Ben Hogan.